Animal RescueIndia

Our Animal Rescue team in India rescue, treat and rehabilitate animals including dogs, cows and donkeys in the city of Udaipur.

The project provides veterinary treatment and care to animals who would otherwise be left to fend for themselves on the streets. The project works to educate the local community about animal welfare. Volunteers work with the team to provide care, food and enrichments for the animals. You can help to make a difference by giving your time to help hands-on with some of the project’s 200 + animals.

Live in the vibrant city of Udaipur in Rajasthan, India which is famous for temples, palaces, handicrafts and food.

Join the Animal Rescue team to care for rescued animals and give them extra attention.

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Key Info

key info
  • Location: Udaipur, Northern India
  • Start dates: Every Sunday
  • Duration: 1 – 12 weeks
  • Age requirement: 18+ (7+ for families or groups)
  • Availability: Spaces available
  • Cost: From £595 / €655 / $740 - see fees table below
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Project Information

Volunteer role: What will I be doing?

Volunteers work at a treatment centre and sanctuary for injured and abused animals. It is a home to over 200 animals including dogs, cows, donkeys, pigs, cats, tortoises, goats, birds, a buffalo and any other animal in need. Volunteers provide hands on help and care to the many animals on site and each day volunteers are needed to help with the daily feeding and cleaning of the animal areas.

Volunteers carry out a variety of roles depending on the needs of the project at the time, including:

  • Daily sessions in the dog areas - comforting, bathing, feeding and walking
  • One to one time with paralysed and recently injured dogs
  • Caring for animals after their initial treatments
  • Preparing and distributing food and water
  • Cleaning the animal enclosures
  • Assisting the vets and nurses
  • Helping to care for abandoned puppies
  • Monitoring the animals and helping with their rehabilitation
  • Giving physical and hydro-therapy to disabled animals
  • Spending time giving attention to each animal and recording any injuries or infections

For more information on the centre and the treatment they provide for animals please click here.

“Volunteers can save lives at the Animal Rescue project by helping our nurses and doctors treat animals, encouraging sick or shy dogs to eat, bottle feeding orphaned animals and many more adventure await helping animals in India”
Raj, Street Animal Rescue team

Typical day

Volunteers work 5 days per week, Monday to Friday, from around 9.30am to 4.30pm. Volunteers travel to the centre in a taxi which is provided.

In your first few days at the project you will receive an an introduction to the volunteer role and during your first week you will have daily Hindi lessons.

Volunteers who stay 2 weeks or more have many exciting trips included and there are lots of free time activities that you can experience at the weekends.

Other volunteers

There are normally 1-3 volunteers who work alongside local volunteers and staff at the centre. Animal Rescue, Child Care and Community Education volunteers all live together so there are normally 5-12 volunteers at the accommodation with a maximum of 18. Some volunteers choose to combine the different volunteer roles while in India.

Duke of Edinburgh’s (DofE) award

This placement has been approved by the DofE as meeting the requirements for the Residential section of the Gold Award.

Local support

Ravi and Gaurav are brothers and support volunteers whilst they are in India. Neha is Ravi’s wife and also supports volunteers, teaching cooking and henna, and helping buy locally made saris and spices. Gaurav lives at the volunteer accommodation and Ravi and Neha live nearby. You will also be supported by the staff at the animal rescue centre, including Raj who is a volunteer coordinator.

Accomodation

Volunteers live in a family guesthouse alongside the local team. You share a bedroom with up to 3 other volunteers on a single-sex basis and each bedroom has its own bathroom.

Volunteer bedroom

The accommodation is simple but clean and has a TV room, dining room, kitchen and has WIFI. The accommodation is a 20 minute drive from the Animal Rescue centre.

Outside of volunteer accommodation

Meals

All main meals are provided by the local team and are vegetarian. Here are typical examples of the food you will have: 

  • Breakfast – bread, toast, cereals, spreads and fresh fruit
  • Lunch and dinner – traditional Northern Indian curries with rice and local bread

In the afternoons there is sometimes local chai tea to enjoy.

Vegans are welcomed and can be catered for.

Drinking water is provided at the volunteer accommodation which you can take to the project with you. 

Location and free time

The project is based on the outskirts of Udaipur, a vibrant city that attracts visitors with its colourful temples and palaces. A day can easily be spent exploring the colourful street markets with beautiful Rajasthan jewellery and clothing. Known to locals as the “City of Lakes”, it is now considered one of the most romantic destinations in India, thanks to its lakes and mountainous scenery!

Lake Pichola is a relaxing spot to try local cuisines and admire the stunning views of the Lake Palace, Monsoon Palace and the surrounding mountains. The Jagdish Temple and City Palace are interesting places to visit to learn more about the local culture and history.

Stunning sunset views over Udaipur

Volunteers can arrange trips to some of India’s famous sights and cities including day trips to the nearby medieval hilltop fortress of Kumbhagargh (the second longest wall in the world!) and Ranakpur Jain Temple, as well as weekend trips to the unmissable Taj Mahal or Jodhpur desert safari.

You can enjoy yoga, cook local dishes, learn Rajasthan dances or practise henna at the volunteer accommodation - a great way to learn about Indian culture. Volunteers have free time in the evenings where they can relax, read a book, watch films and TV in the communal areas.

Trips

During your first week the local team arrange trips to the following local sights:

  • Monsoon Palace - offers stunning views of Udaipur!
  • Waterfront cultural theatre dance and puppet show

Travelling in India before or after your placement

Popular activities in India that you might like to combine with your project are:

  • Visiting the Taj Mahal – a visit to India is not complete without a visit to one of the Seven Wonders of the World
  • Exploring the spectacular city of Jaipur and its beautiful palace and fortress complexes
  • Experience life in the Thar Desert and the iconic ‘Blue City’ of Jodhpur
  • Look out for the elusive wild tiger in Ranthambore National Park and see the best of Northern India’s wildlife including jackal, crocodile and sambar deer

For more information on India and some of the things we loved when we visited there please see our India country page. This also features all our other India volunteering projects as you might like to consider combining this project with one of the others we offer to make a trip of a lifetime!

Taj Mahal

Climate

The city of Udaipur has a tropical climate. Temperatures are coolest from November to February, with average daytime temperatures ranging from 19 to 23˚C and can go down to 7˚C on a cold night. The dry season coincides with these ‘cool’ months.

The hottest months are from April to June, average daytime temperatures are approximately 28˚C but can reach to 35˚C on a hot day. Temperatures remain high during the monsoon season which generally runs in Udaipur from June to September.

Dates

Start dates are every Sunday. This project is closed between 17 May - 27 Jun 2020 and 16 May - 26 Jun 2021.

What's Included

Included

  • Dedicated Pod Volunteer Specialist to support you
  • Airport pick up from Udaipur airport and return transfer
  • Accommodation - a simple shared room
  • Food - all main meals
  • Induction
  • Hindi language lessons
  • Local trips to a cultural theatre dance and puppet show and the Monsoon Palace
  • Support from the local team
  • Support from the Pod Volunteer UK office by phone and email
  • 24/7 emergency back up
  • Volunteering certificate and reference (on request)

Not included

  • Flights
  • Travel insurance
  • Visa
  • Criminal record / police check
  • Vaccinations and medication
  • Living costs - snacks, drinks, laundry
  • Any tourist trips / activities you choose to do in your free time
Price table
1 week £595 GB Pounds
Extra weeks £160 GB Pounds

Discounts

  • £150 discount for volunteers combining Animal Rescue with Child Care or Community Education in India
  • £75 discount for every additional project you book as part of the same trip
  • £100 discount for any family members who are under 18
  • £75 discount if you have previously volunteered with Pod Volunteer 

Where the money goes - financial transparency

Your fee covers the overseas costs of volunteering and the costs of running our organisation in the UK, on a non-profit basis.  For more details and a breakdown of our costs please click here.

Book with confidence - financial protection

All monies paid to us are financially protected through The Association of Bonded Travel Organisers Trust Limited (ABTOT). 

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Fees in currencies other than GBP are indicative only and volunteers are invoiced in GBP. For current exchange rates please see www.xe.com

Read volunteer reviews from the Animal Rescue project

Rebecca – 2019

“I absolutely loved working at the Animal Rescue project in India. The accommodation with Ravi and Gaurav is absolutely great. They are very helpful and living with other volunteers is really fun. 

The Animal Rescue project was such a beautiful place to work. The long term volunteers and workers are super helpful and appreciate you volunteering. 

There is so many activities, like feeding, loving and giving physio to all the animals in different areas. When the weather got warmer we also got to do hydrotherapy with the disabled dogs which was fantastic!”

Roslyn – 2018

“The staff at the Animal Rescue project are friendly and helpful. They are very busy and there’s lots of work to do with animals brought to the hospital several times a day. This is why volunteering there is so important. I would recommend it to any animal lovers out there considering it!

Brilliant support from the POD team and Lucy in particular. She is a good person to go to with questions about the project/ travel/ accommodation and I found her very helpful. 

Great accommodation; better and bigger than I expected including a very large roof terrace. Superb hosting skills from Ravi, Neha and Gaurav who endeavour to support you throughout your volunteer experience.”

Catherine – 2018

“I have recently returned from the Animal Rescue project in Udaipur. My whole experience was amazing from working closely with animals and other volunteers to the accommodation where I couldn't have been made to feel more welcome. 

I plan a return trip next year and will certainly be using Pod Volunteer to arrange my placement again. I would recommend to anyone... cannot fault anything at all, my whole experience was brilliant. Thank you!”

Brian and Zoe – 2018

“Our experience at the Animal Rescue project was extraordinary. The centre itself was a hive of positive activity, all of it directed towards taking care of the variety of animals that had been rescued for so many different reasons. 

The permanent staff were welcoming and helpful, and the volunteers, from a wide range of countries and experiences, worked tirelessly alongside them. Everyone was thankful and happy to be there and the common love of animals brought everyone together in ways that so many other experiences never could. 

Our time at the Animal Rescue project was nothing but positive and rewarding, and mere minutes after having to leave we began to think about when we might be able to return.”    

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3,500+

animals are rescued by the team each year

"It was an amazing experience that will stay with me forever! Pod Volunteer provided the ideal amount of support and guidance"Satvinder

Lucy

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VOLUNTEER REVIEWS

  • India Animal Rescue volunteer - Sarah

    “My time at the Animal Rescue project in India was definitely a worthwhile experience that I will never forget! The support from the Pod staff and the local coordinators was definitely exceptional.”

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  • India Animal Rescue volunteer - Persephone

    “Absolutely incredible experience. It is an amazing thing that you are doing for all these animals. I will be back, but this time for longer.”

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  • India Animal Rescue volunteer – Louise

    “Very positive experience. The wonder of spending time with a frightened animal and gaining its trust is a special memory.”

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AWARDS AND ACCREDITATIONS

  • Tourism Concern
  • Association of Bonded Travel Organisers Trust
  • Right Tourism
  • DOFE
  • theguardian
  • the independent
  • Sunday Times
  • Year Out Group
  • Best Volunteering Organisation
  • Wall Street Journal